“And I started running. Well, my version of running, in which sometimes I am passed by people who walk fast.” John Green

1. A month ago, I made the conscious decision to tell my trainer that the injury keeping me from running was a “pulled adductor muscle” – rather than the most obvious way to phrase it which would have been a “pulled groin.”

First, I hate the word “groin.” Secondy, I knew I would not be comfortable with constantly talking about it while trying to train around my injury. However, after two weeks he still didn’t quite understand how I was hurt so I finally just said it bluntly.

Two weeks later and I still regret it. Some of his phrases I have had to kept a straight face through:

“We want to be considerate of your groin.”
“Be careful. We don’t want to funk up your groin any.”
(Yes, he said “funk up.” I have never heard that phrase before and I never want to hear it again.)

This sucker better heal quickly because even I can handle only so much awkwardness.

2.  My meal plan goals for this week were:
No processed foods:              Success! I even gave up crystal light and salad dressings.
Tediously Track Everything:    Success!
Eat every 3 hours:                 Success!
No flesh of kittens:                 Success!
Eat 10-11 egg whites a day:   Success!

3. As a comparison, this is what my diet looked like before this week:

Morning Snack (7:30):            Banana
Mid-Morning Snack (10:30):    Protein Shake (Met RX Protein & Oats)
Lunch (12:30):                       Turkey Chili, Spinach Salad
Mid-Afternoon Snack (3:30):   Greek Yogurt
After the Gym Snack (7:30):    Cottage Cheese with Fruit
Dinner (8:00):                        Roasted Turkey (not deli meat) Sandwich on Ezekiel Bread
Evening Snack (9:00):

Hehe. See, my problem is that I can follow a plan really well until night time when the HUNGER hits. It’s not boredom. It’s hunger, and it only hits if I’ve worked out that evening. I didn’t have a plan for this and I didn’t have the patience to fix myself something so that is when I would eat things that were just there and ready.

This is my diet this week:
Morning Snack (7:30):          Egg White Pancakes. (Made with 4 egg Whites & 1/2 cup of oatmeal)
Mid-Morning Snack (10:30):  Carnivor Protein Shake with a spinach cup added to it
Lunch (12:30):  Artichoke Rosemary Chicken, Rosemary Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Slaw
Mid-Afternoon Snack (3:30):  Greek Yogurt, Homemade Mint Protein Bar
After the Gym Snack (7:30):  Cottage Cheese with Fruit
Dinner (8:00):   Monster Meatloaf (made with turkey), Steamed Green Beans (or Asparagus)
Evening Snack (9:00):  5-6 Egg Whites (This recipe for Frozen Egg Whites saved me! It doesn’t look like much, but it tastes like a dessert. I just have to be sure to include the peanut butter – which I do by adding 1 tablespoon of powdered peanut butter to it.)

This is a picture of my lunch, and as you can see it’s a lot of food!


I’m still hungry at night time, but I think that’s because I’m lowering the carbs I eat at night. In a couple of weeks, I’m going to try to give carb cycling a shot. That’s the point I can start free basing peanut butter, right? Because that’s the part I’m really look forward to.

4. The Tryon Track Club has set a tentative date for the Tryon Half Marathon – November 15th. I’m already signed up for the Kiawah Half on December 13th, and I think I want to try running 2 half marathons within a month of each other again. (It only made me want to die a little the first time.) This time I plan to start my training on August 1st. I have made some goals based on my weaknesses/problems in the last races. They  are:

for the Tryon Half Marathon: to finish and be able to eat some of the delicious breakfast they provide afterward.

for the Kiawah Half Marathon: to finish looking awesome and not like death. Which reminds me – I need to find a hydration belt that has a spot for a cordless hair straightener, a compact mirror, and some lip gloss.

I’ll worry about time goals later. For now, I’m focusing on my priorities (food and looking presentable).

5. To make up for boring food and running talk, this is the most hilarious thing I saw this week:


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